Ipswich, like Sunderland, should be amongst the favourites for the League One title this season.
Purely on the size of the club, the Blues should be expecting a solid campaign in and around the top two, vying for a return to the level at which they are more comfortable. Sadly, after the latest pre-season defeat, fans are not confident they’ll even be in the top six, let alone the top two.
Their pre-season has been beset by problems, including an injury to promising full-back Kane Vincent-Young, and a lack of goals from their forwards. In three matches, the Tractor Boys have scored once and conceded on eight occasions. Whilst they haven’t faced the easiest of opposition, this weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United is of serious concern to many.
Manager Paul Lambert has chopped and changed his side around plenty, but it’s been a low-key recruitment project for the side that finished 11th last season. David Cornell Stephen Ward and Oli Hawkins are the only incomers, whilst Danny Rowe, Will Keane and Jordan Roberts have left the club. James Norwood has been linked with a move away, but he did feature against the U’s on Saturday.
After the game, Paul Lambert sent out Stuart Taylor to speak to the press. “We’re massively disappointed,” he said. “There has been a lot of good stuff in training and in the previous game, but none of that was taken into today’s game, unfortunately. It was disappointing in all aspects and maybe makes the manager’s decision that bit easier going into the season.”
Whilst the decisions Lambert makes might get easier, the pressure on him will not. Fans don’t seem happy at all with the former Aston Villa boss, for both last season and the current pre-season campaign. they’ve taken to Twitter over the Bank Holiday weekend to vent their anger, as you’ll see below.
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Lambert obviously run out of old excuses. Let's pass the buck.quite simply. Thats the last vame before we need to play in the league and still no idea of his best 11, and or who plays together
— Matty D (@Bengal_ITFC) August 29, 2020
KVY 'Achiles issue due to the hard grounds' WTF?? Its not like he's playing down the rec is it?? Manuquered pitches nowadays, absolute bs
— Richard 'Cruncher' Moss (@TheCruncher76) August 29, 2020
This is what they're best at, 'spreading the minutes', 'giving everyone a chance' 'using as many players as possible'. How about you start playing your best 11 yea so they can start gelling.
— Mar©️ (@MarC_Itfc) August 29, 2020
Blah, Blah, Blah.
— Alf S (@AlfSandford) August 29, 2020
Ipswich hadn’t kicked a ball for nearly 6 months and I bored of these ?s already. Someone save our club please!
— Calum (@Barkshire1982) August 29, 2020
Lambert been sacked yet?
— Edward Nash_ITFC (@Edward_Nash_19) August 29, 2020
Why do I just really not like this bloke?
— Zondervan84 (@zondervan84) August 30, 2020
Another fraud. #topprick
— Adam Highsted (@AdamHighsted) August 29, 2020